Everyone you speak to has the opinion that 2017 is a year that has literally flown by & now with just a handful of days in this year left, they seem to be disappearing even quicker. December, for anyone lucky enough to work in retail, can easily be written off for a variety of obvious reasons & I’m sure many other professions have their ‘time of year’.
The early snowfall did take many of us by surprise, followed by the days of extreme minus temperatures & hard frosts. The majority of the UK now seems to be enjoying double figures during the day which makes for a damp, wet environment producing the wonderful aroma of ‘wet dog’. On a positive note, with today (Thursday 21st December) being the winter solstice, the shortest day of the year, surely we have now turned the corner & heading in the right direction of Spring!
Last weekend was spent helping set up & run my local Open Show Oakengates & District Canine Society where I’m honored & delighted to be President, a society that I have been involved with from my schoolboy days & remains one of the oldest active canine societies in our local county. Our overall entry was 544 dogs which made for a busy day in some groups. Matthew Oddie (Riowood/Ragus) had attracted a very good entry throughout the Dachshund varieties & his BOB Min Long, Helen Walters’ Ch Ralines Flirtini went onto Hound Group Three under Anne Moore (Romanchi Wires). Matthew has certainly had success in many breeds right at the very top in all breed competition & has been involved with Min Wires & Min Smooths over several years & shows a great interest in all six varieties so it was interesting to see him judging a good quality Dachshund entry, which he tells me he enjoyed immensely.
At Colchester & DCS, Debbie Clarke’s Longs had a good day under Robert Dunning (Anjuskar Italian Greyhounds) with Tekalhaus Million To One ShCM winning the Hound Group & Tekalhaus Diamond Life taking Hound Puppy group Two; a great way to end the showing year.
It appears that the official invitations have now been dispatched to the lucky owners whose Dachshunds have qualified for ‘Dachshund Of The Year 2017’ which will once again be held at the Yew Lodge Hotel, Packington Hill, Kegworth DE74 2DF on Saturday 27th January 2018 with its usual daytime format. Everyone is welcome to attend this great event at a cost of £25 per ticket which includes a buffet lunch. Tickets can be booked online at the Dachshund Club website www.dachshundclub.co.uk where you can find all the details. If you have any questions about this fabulous day please e-mail Linda Coverley at email@example.com. The judge for the day is kept a very closely guarded secret as usual. Having attended this event many times both as a spectator & competitor I can only endorse what a great event this is & indeed DOTY 2016 was my Long Ch Swansford Warrador, which was the first time a Long had achieved this award. If you’re struggling for a last minute Christmas Gift, a ticket to this great day could be your answer!
Another event that promises to be a great event is the Midland DC Mentoring & Breed Seminar day on Sunday 7th January 2018 at Calf Heath Village Hall, Straight Mile, Calf Heath, Wolverhampton WV10 7DW. The Breed Standard will be presented & discussed openly by Ruth Lockett-Walters (Ralines) in the morning, followed by a buffet lunch with an open floor mentoring session in the afternoon with some of the UK’s leading Dachshund breeders & exhibitors together with several examples of the different varieties of Dachshund. An opportunity to take the Dachshund Breed Council Standard of Points exam paper is also available. The cost of this informal & relaxed day is just £5 for members which includes lunch with the exam paper optional at an extra cost of £5. I’m delighted to say that many have booked for this already, both newcomers & established Dachshund owners. All the details are on the club website www.midlanddachshundclub.co.uk or by contacting the Secretary Daniel Roberts on the numbers below.
Like many of you, I was shocked & saddened to learn of Anne Dunn’s passing. Such a delightful character & friend to so many of us. Anne was one of the ‘elite’ Dachshund breeders that had bred & made up Champions in more than one variety under her Ashridge affix. Anne’s first Champion was the Long Ch Ashridge Tropical Rain who was born in 1988 by Shardaroba Touch Of Sun x Tropical Mist. He gained his qualifying CCs from Roz Rawson (Southern DA 1990), Suzanne Metcalfe (City Of Birmingham 1990) & his title at Bournemouth 1991 under Ken Bullock. This mating was repeated which produced Ch Ashridge Tropical Rain, the first & only Dapple Long to gain her title in the UK & gained her second CC & BOB at Crufts in 1992 under Avril Varley (Murrumbidge Longs from Australia). In Min Longs Ch Ashridge Private Ryan was born in 1999 & quickly gained his title being by Jolival Keegan x Jolival Junglebunny of Ashridge, a half brother & sister mating on Ch Jolival Hesta which of course was bred by Mike & Margaret Hall. In 2002, Anne campaigned Lynn Mack’s Ch Topgem Louisa May JW to her title who was by Ch Cliffmere Acclaim For Ralines x Topgem Kanshan Saphire, who was also all Jolival breeding. Anne’s adventure into Min Wires was through close friend Carole Daykin & in 2008 Ch Barratini Bumble Of Ashridge was born & campaigned by Anne before leaving to live in Australia with close friends, the Bowers family. Through true grit & determination, Anne battled cancer over a number of years but her smile, wicked sense of humour & true friendship never faltered. We will all remember Anne for so many positive reasons that she gave us, but most of all for being a down to earth Dachshund fancier who was never afraid to do her own thing through breeding & judging. While this very sad news is still settling in for many I’m sure we will all be thinking of Anne’s family, all of whom she held so close to her.
With just four days to go until Santa drops by, I would like to send Seasons Greetings to you all & hope the festive period remains safe & healthy for everyone. Next week we will have a review of 2017 for both our varieties before we finally say goodbye to yet another year.